Hos.1 (Old Testament)
Hosea 1: Being God’s people.
Memory verse: Hosea 1:9 Then God said: “Call his name Lo-Ammi, For you are not My people, And I will not be your God.
The inception of the book of Hosea started with how God instructed prophet Hosea to marry a woman named Gomar, who was a harlot. This woman was unfaithful to her husband. However, God was using the relationship of the prophet Hosea with Gomar as a metaphor for His relationship with His people, Israel.
God’s people – the Israelites – have drifted away from God by being unfaithful to Him and indulging in spiritual adultery by worshiping other gods, and God had already made it clear to them after the crossing of the red sea that their going after other gods will be to their detriment because He is a jealous God [ Deut. 6:15 ]. For God to be our God, we also must be willing to be His people.
God detests what the Israelites were doing, and this act of defiance to obey God’s precepts caused God to utter these words in Hosea 1:9 "… For you are not My people, And I will not be your God” which depicts that, for we to be God’s people, it is expected of us to do His will and live holy for Him – not like Israelites who chase after other gods. God is holy and He would never bend His standard of holiness for any reason – He didn't even bend it to His so-called favorites.